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Leadership

YPFP Executive and Senior Leadership


Jarrel "JP" Price, President

As the President of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), Jarrel "JP" Price relies on his private sector experience and his lifelong passion for global affairs to help ensure that YPFP will thrive as the organization enters its second decade. Jarrel first joined YPFP in 2007 and he believes that the group's mission of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders has never been more important. 

In 2014, Jarrel launched The Park Advisors Group, which helps its public and private sector clients manage investment risks in frontier and post-conflict markets. The Park Advisors Group has offices in Washington, London, and Abu Dhabi.

Prior to Park Advisors, Jarrel led a team of analysts at the U.S. Department of Defense's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) focused on facilitating foreign direct investment in Afghanistan's energy sector. Prior to TFBSO, Jarrel was a Partner at Height Analytics, a Washington, DC-based policy research firm and investment bank that he helped launch in January 2009. 

Jarrel is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of national media outlets, including CNBC, Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and National Public Radio. Jarrel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Honors Government. Jarrel and his wife, a fitness entrepreneur, reside with their son in Arlington, Virginia.


Courtney Barno, Chief of Staff

Courtney Barno is YPFP's Chief of Staff. She coordinates closely across the organization's operating departments to harmonize operations and resources, fostering collaboration.

During the day, Courtney is a Security Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. She specializes in contract and program management to support U.S. Embassy Kabul. Before starting her career in Washington, D.C., Courtney graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science and Government with a focus on cyber-security and defense studies.

In her free time Courtney enjoys cooking, yoga, and running. Consistent with her Italian roots, she enjoys sipping a good red wine and can't say no to an after-dinner affogato.

 


Yana Krasovskaya, Executive Director of Operations

Yana has over six years of experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. She earned a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Yana led the projects related to investment promotion and industrial and economic development of Moscow region in Russia as a part of the Moscow Region Development Corporation’s team. Before that, she facilitated social adaptation of vulnerable members of society and development of local tourism market as a Head of Tourism Sector in a Russian nonprofit organization.

Her previous experiences also include carrying out project activities pertaining to private sector development in the South Caucasus at GIZ in Tbilisi, Georgia and coordinating a major international investment project in Astana, Kazakhstan. Yana is passionate about capacity building and youth development.


Cameo Cheung, Vice President of Programs

Cameo Cheung is the Vice President of Programs with YPFP. She is responsible for directing the organization's member programs, including speaker events, discussion groups, public service opportunities, leadership incubator modules, and professional development events.

Cameo is a Recruitment & Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs at the Department of State, working closely with the Fulbright Program, Study of the United States Institutes, and several of the agency's other educational exchange programs. Her previous professional experience includes working at a public relations agency and internships with USAID and the Department of State.

Despite making her home on the Atlantic coast, Cameo will always identify as an Oregonian. Cameo completed her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University and graduate school at Syracuse University, conveniently avoiding any need to change her game day wardrobe. #GoBeavs #GoOrange


Kolby Keo, Managing Director of Programs

Kolby Keo is the Managing Director of Programs with YPFP. He is responsible for leading the department in developing and executing superior programs for YPFP’s members.

During the day, Kolby manages alumni affairs for the University of California Washington Program (UCDC). He previously served as legislative aide for U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47). He is a 12-year volunteer for the national non-profit American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and serves as a Vice President for the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Fellows Program. He previously served as a program leader for the International Relations & Diplomacy Summits for People to People Ambassador Programs.

Kolby graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine (zot zot zot) with a degree in Political Science with concentrations in U.S. foreign policy and comparative politics. In his free time, he enjoys binge-watching House of Cards and the West Wing, attempting salsa dancing, and “borrowing” his friends’ HBO password to catch the latest episode of Game of Thrones.


Radim Dragomaca, Vice President of Communications

Radim Dragomaca is YPFP’s Vice President of Communications. In this capacity, he oversees the work of YPFP’s media, marketing and external communications teams, as well as the fellowship program and the journal Charged Affairs.

Radim is preparing to defend a joint PhD in International Relations and International Law. He spent most of the last six years pursuing advanced degrees in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Italy and Finland. Prior to taking up a leadership position in YPFP, Radim served as Editor-in-Chief of two magazines and a law review and specializes in transatlantic relations, international organizations and international law. 



Fabio Bauer, Executive Director of YPFP Brussels

Fabio Bauer is the Executive Director of YPFP Brussels. In this role, he leads the branch and its long-term planning and strategic development, in addition to representing the branch within the wider Brussels community.   

Fabio is a Talent Development Specialist in an American HR global advisory firm. He moved to Brussels after a successful career in Peru as economist at Weber Shandwick - Apoyo. He was also a Fellow from the Global Competitiveness Leadership Programme hosted by the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

A joint Belgo-Peruvian, Fabio holds a MA in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and a MA in Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Fabio speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.


Cassandra O'Connor, Managing Director of YPFP Brussels

Cassandra oversees internal staff management and works alongside the Executive Director in the long-term planning and strategic development of the branch. She previously served as the Ambassador Series and Tools of the Trade officer for YPFP Brussels.

Outside of YPFP, Cassandra works at the United States Mission to the European Union in the Patent and Trademark Office under the direction of the Intellectual Property Attaché.  Previously she worked in the Office of United States Senator Michael B. Enzi and although now residing abroad, remains Wyoming proud! In 2007 she served as a White House intern in the Office of the Vice President.

Cassandra completed the Masters programme at the American University of Paris in Middle East, Islamic and Arabic Language studies in 2011.  She served as Programme Senator and was a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate American History Programme.  While working on her Masters, Cassandra served as a fellow in Damascus, Syria working with Iraqi refugees through the Middle East Council of Churches.  Cassandra also attended the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada where she earned a BA in American History and Spanish Language.  

Outside of the United States, Cassandra has lived in Canada, Mexico, France, Syria and Egypt. She currently resides in Belgium with her Irish husband and miniature dachshund Luigi. 


Jerry Doran, Executive Director of YPFP New York

Jerry Doran is the Executive Director of YPFP New York. He serves as a staff and member liaison in addition to directing planning and development with the Managing Director and managing partnerships with external organizations.

Jerry has been a member of YPFP since 2009 - with the Washington, DC branch before the New York branch. In New York, he was most recently the Deputy Director of Communications, managing the branch's social media outreach and publicity strategy.

In his day job, Jerry works in digital communications for the Open Society Foundations, a global human rights organization, where he manages the Foundations' social media and online campaigns. Originally from Chicago, he earned a BA in Economics and German from Northwestern University and has lived in Germany, Turkey and India. In his free time, Jerry enjoys traveling, learning languages (working on Portuguese currently), music and fitness.


Kristin Lewis, Managing Director of YPFP New York

Kristin Lewis is the Managing Director for YPFP New York, where she oversees internal staff management and works alongside the Executive Director in the long-term planning and strategic development of the branch. She previously was director of programming for YPFP NY.

Outside YPFP, Kristin is the Director of Membership and Operations at the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of political and business leaders united in making the economic case for streamlining, modernizing, and rationalizing the U.S. immigration system. 

Between 2008 and 2014, Kristin held several positions at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), including her most recent role as Associate Director of CFR's Task Force Program. Previously, she worked for the Ohio Arts Council, the state's arts agency, in the Office of Arts Learning.

Kristin holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she also served as Senior Editor of the Columbia Journal of International Affairs. Kristin also attended The Ohio State University, where she earned a BA in political science and a BFA in dance.


Antony Underwood, Executive Director of YPFP London

Antony Underwood is the Executive Director of YPFP London, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the branch’s overall strategy while overseeing its Membership, Partnerships, Programming and Communications teams. He has been with YPFP London since 2013, working in a number of positions in the Communications team prior to his appointment as Executive Director in November 2016.

Antony’s career has been spent working for the UK Government in a number of roles in the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office. A native of the capital, he has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MA in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics.